Review: Annals of the Omega Project, A Trilogy by Thomas A. Cahill

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Title: Annals of the Omega Project – A Trilogy
Author: Thomas A. Cahill
Format: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: EditPros LLC.
Pages: 354
ISBN: 978-1937317034
Genre: Science Fiction / Adventure
Stars: 4

About the Book:
On a flight from Sacramento to Denver, Professor Ken O’Neal discovers he has a telepathic and loving connectedness with flight attendant Michelle Kolberg. Believing that other “sensitives” probably exist in their midst, they embark on the formation of a group of “like” minds they call the Omega Project at a University of California campus.

The Omega Project’s benevolent communication is suddenly threatened by powerful people in San Francisco – older men in secret Covens who use ancient mind-control techniques to trap their telepathic victims and perform horrific deadly “feedings” on their brains to strengthen their own powers of domination. A “feeding” on the brain of a university student named Bonny ignites warfare between the Covens and Omega members, with gruesome fatalities. Ken and Michelle learn more about the frightening control of the leaders of the Covens’ organization in Europe, forcing Omega to go underground.

Fearing the growing capabilities of the Omega members, the Covens call upon their Gypsy allies, some of whom they casually sacrifice as part of their strategy to frighten and execute Omega members. Furious, the Gypsies reluctantly realize they must reconsider their alliances. The battle spills over into Europe, and some innocent bystanders who become aware of the Coven monsters in their midst pay an awful price. Eventually acknowledging the compassionate intentions of the Omega Project, the Gypsy clans cautiously develop trust and agree to help Omega launch a counterattack against the Covens, despite knowing they must face the evil Emil, who is powerful enough to kill by thoughts alone.

Book Review:

So – I was hooked in to the book at the summary, and while I expected complexity, I did not realize that the depth of the story and concepts, all to illustrate a basic tale of good versus evil would be hidden within these pages.

It was an interesting concept, with forays into telepathy and mind-control, characters that convey good and evil in equal measures, political and tactical alliances and a battle for control. The need to know what direction the author would take Omega, and whether good could triumph was a major impetus for me to keep reading, even when I found repetition of simplistic elements, or a passage that was overly detailed and would have better served the plot with less information given, but more detail shown.
What was not clearly explained, and leaves me wondering is the apparent naiveté of the members of Omega. While they do question those they encounter about their activities, there doesn’t seem to be any further investigation of the story or the belief in it. Where I was confused was if their skills were better attuned to “truthful” statements, or if the passivity of the characters that comprised Omega was not thought to be important enough to address, or somehow I missed the explanations early on. In situations where they must be offensive, the passivity does seem to fade to the background, and they do manage to focus and get things done.

Devotees of science fiction stories will find many things to like in this book, and find it unique. Some readers may find difficulty in the basic language of the text: the author is a university professor, with writing style and word choice best suited to those with a facility in the English language, and ability to follow / grasp complex scientific concepts and find the interrelations between concepts presented and plot elements happening. It was not an easy read, but it was a read that was unique in concept although I could not read this all in one sitting.

I did receive an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for the Indies Rock promotion for I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About the Author:

Thomas A. Cahill is a professor of physics at the University of California, Davis. In his fictional writing, Tom interweaves meticulously accurate descriptions of physical settings with slight modifications in scientific reality. His current research expertise encompasses two areas: the effect of aerosols on global climate change — including conducting an aerosol program on the Greenland ice cap for the National Science Foundation — and the impact of ultra-fine aerosols from highways and rail yards for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He spent more than two decades designing, building and running the aerosol network to protect visibility at U.S. national parks and monuments — now the national IMPROVE program.

Because of that and other health-related work, a U.S. Department of Energy colleague asked Cahill and his team to evaluate air at the excavation project following the collapse of the World Trade Center towers in the autumn of 2001. Cahill was among the first to warn that workers at the site were at risk of serious health threats from the toxic metals in the air.

His early work at UCLA, in France, and in Davis, California, was in nuclear physics and astrophysics, but he soon began applying physical techniques to applied problems, especially air pollution. His data in 1973 on the impacts of airborne lead was instrumental in the adoption of the catalytic converter in California in 1976. He proposed and supported the law to lower sulfur in gasoline in 1977. He was director of both the Institute of Ecology and the Crocker Nuclear Laboratory, where his pioneering work included nondestructive analysis of ancient documents.

Cahill is the author or co-author of hundreds of academic articles and book chapters. His work on a subsequent science fiction novel is nearing completion, and he has begun writing a third manuscript.

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